Incredible CT Scans Show What's Happening Inside A Body In Motion

The next wave of CT scanners combines motion correction technology and organ-wide coverage to limit radiation exposure — while also obtaining hi-res images of soft tissue, organs and bones as they move within the body. Translation: They can acquire remarkable images of your insides in motion. Here's the proof.


Above: A high-definition image of the skull and the Circle of Willis, the major arterial throughway for the brain's blood supply | Image Credit: GE Healthcare

The images you see here were created with Revolution CT, a superfast scanner introduced by GE in 2013. Florida's West Kendall Baptist Hospital got its hands on one of the scanners in early 2014 for use in experimental trials. In September 2014, the hospital decided to purchase one outright, becoming the first American medical facility to use the machine on patients, imaging dynamic internal organs like beating hearts, breathing lungs, and articulating joints with unprecedented speed and fidelity.

An image of the abdomen and the aorta | Photo Credit: GE Healthcare

The ability to image internal bodily functions at detail this precise, in three – ahem, "four" – dimensions, and in so little time, represents a significant advance for the field of medical imaging. The images you see here were recently released by GE Reports, and showcase the kinds of images the Revolution CT is able to acquire.

A foot reinforced with screws | Image Credit: GE Healthcare

Via GE Reports:

The team at West Kendall Baptist Hospital recently completed the world's first six-month clinical trial of the Revolution CT machine. Local doctors said they were able to diagnose even the most challenging cardiac patients with erratic or high heartbeats and reduce the radiation dose for pediatric patients.

"According to our physicians, patient feedback about their experience with the Revolution CT has been uniformly positive," said West Kendall Baptist Hospital CEO Javier Hernández-Lichtl. "The advanced design definitely makes for a less intimidating, more comfortable patient experience, while yielding amazingly accurate and detailed images."


The Circle of Willis | Image Credit: GE Healthcare


An image of the human heart with stents typically used to treat narrow or weak arteries | Photo Credit: GE Healthcare

More info and information at GE Reports.

H/t Will!




Additional info: CT machines for the most part already have that level of detail, the problem is more computational time need to get that resolution.

The machines are expensive, and require a high amount of maintenance. Because of that, most hospitals have to have the machines being constantly used in order to be able to pay for it. With constant use, you're not going to be able to render as much, so the quality is "turned down" basically.